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. >> an historic christ. turning now to tunisia where the country's prime minister announced he is resigning. his decision comes following the rejection of his attempt to form and a political government. he was trying to help the country out of the political crisis sparked earlier this month. an opposition politician was assassinated. what does this mean for the country? that is a topic i discussed with david rhode. why did the prime minister feel he had no choice but to resign? >> he had promised he would create a cabinet of technocrats that woodbridge to the political divide is widening in tunisia. he failed to do that. the islamist party refuse to compromise so apparently did the liberal party is and he kept his word and step down. >> he wanted a non-partisan government. was he so out of step with his country? >> he was out of step at all with the populace of two nations. there has been no agreement on a constitution. there were supposed to be elections in constitution but that is not happening. people are eager and they thought this was a historic opportunity with the assassination of a lefti
schools to close and leaving hospitals working with emergency staff. tunisia is prime minister is stepping down after failing to form a new government -- tunisia's prime minister is stepping down after failing to form a new government. al jazeera is in tunis. >> prime minister hamadi jebali worked hard to form a government, but he failed to convince his own party and others to back his moves. so, he stepped down. however, jebali has left the door open for a future come back, saying that his -- he is ready to lead a national unity government, but only if his basic demands are met. >> the new government should have a clear program with a political ground that you devise -- that unifies all tunisians. what is important is to set a date for elections because forming a government is not the issue now. what is important is for our people and the outside world to have a clear vision as to when the constitution will be written and when elections will be held. >> the political crisis began on february 6, following the assassination of prominent opposition leader shokri belaid. the ruling and other
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